Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a new blogger and I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.
There are so many choices, so many decisions, and so many items on my to-do list right now. I purchased a couple of courses in the past few weeks (couldn’t pass up the Black Friday deals!) and I’m struggling to absorb all this new information at once while also creating content for my brand-new blog. I’m questioning all the choices I’ve already made plus worrying about all ones still ahead of me. I see other, established bloggers accomplishing amazing things and I feel like I’m so far behind that I don’t have a hope of catching up to them.
Have you ever felt this way?
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed as a new blogger. And that overwhelmed feeling can quickly stifle our creativity and make us feel so paralyzed with indecision that we feel like giving up. And that’s the last thing we want to do!
So if you’re a new blogger and you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, what can you do?
How Not to Be Overwhelmed as a New Blogger: 5 Tips
1. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
This is as true in blogging as it is in every other area of life. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, whether they started years ago or at the same time you did. Everyone’s blog and blogging journey is unique. If you ask most successful bloggers, they will tell you they never expected the kind of results they’re achieving — or at least they didn’t expect to reach their goals in the way they did.
Rather than looking at what everyone else is accomplishing, focus on your own achievements. It might seem like a small thing compared to millions of page views or multiple product releases, but just the act of choosing a blog name is a big deal when you’re starting out. Writing that first blog post and publishing it is an important milestone too. Celebrate what you’re accomplished and only compare yourself with yourself.
2. Don’t Overthink It
Similar to the first point, you can waste a lot of time and energy agonizing over choosing the “perfect” blog name, url, niche, theme, plugins, email system, blogging courses, and on and on and on. The truth is you will probably end up changing a lot of this in the future, no matter what you choose now.
Many, many bloggers change their name, url and niche after blogging for awhile. New themes and plugins are being added all the time and chances are you will want to try something new after awhile. Instead of worrying about “perfect” just make a reasonably-informed choice and then move on. You can always revisit it in the future.
The truth is that you can have an amazing url, gorgeous theme, awesome plugins, and take all the best courses…but none of it matters unless you do something with it. Your most important job as a new blogger is to create content and you can’t do that if you’re too distracted chasing perfection.
3. Make Reasonable Goals
So what’s your goal? To create a successful blog. Maybe that includes working with brands, creating products, growing an email list, working as virtual assistant or freelance writer, or making a certain amount of money each month. While it’s important to keep those big goals in mind, it’s also important to remember that the only way to reach them is to break them down into smaller, actionable steps.
So if your brain is starting to overflow with all the small steps you need to take to reach your Big Goals, get a piece of paper or open a new file and start writing everything down. Figure out what you need to do today (preferably just one or two things–be reasonable!) and then just focus on those items. Once you cross them off your list, you can move on to the next steps tomorrow and keep moving closer to your goals without being overwhelmed.
4. Choose Your Experts Carefully
There are so many blogging experts out there these days. There are ebooks, courses, YouTube videos, Facebook ads, and blog posts galore about how to succeed as a blogger. Some of the advice is pretty consistent, some of it is contradictory.
Rather than getting overwhelmed by trying to read every article and follow every piece of advice, choose one or two experts that you admire and just focus on learning what they have to say. Try some of their actionable steps and see how they work out for you. You can always move on to someone else if it turns out not to be a good fit, and you’ll have learned what doesn’t work for you.
5. Reach Out to Other Bloggers
If you’re like me, you probably don’t know any other bloggers or professional writers in your day-to-day life. If you start talking about the Genesis platform, Tailwind, or jpegs, most people are going to give you blank looks. That’s why it’s so helpful to reach out to other bloggers.
Post comments (genuine, not spammy) on their blogs posts. Email them if you think they’d be open to answering a question. Join a Facebook group where you can get advice from more experienced bloggers or commiserate with other newbies. You might be surprised at what a few encouraging words can do to pick you up when you’re feeling overwhelmed with it all, even if it’s just, “Hey, I’ve been there too. But I did it and you can too!”
Speaking of which, imagine me giving you a big smile and saying, “Hey, I’ve been there too. But I did it and you can too!” 🙂
I hope these tips help you if you’re a new blogger and you’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. And I’d love to hear what advice you have, whether you’re new or experienced. How do you avoid feeling overwhelmed?
Happy Ever After! xo Sarah